Friday, September 12, 2008

I Dey Go Village Go Farm!



Although this sounds more like a joke but it is one of the options I have been giving a critical consideration since return of the strike factor into Yaba College of Technology, different level or should I say different caliber of strikes and seizure in the academic process that as almost left the academic community in a complete outer darkness and irreconcilable shamble.

The countless number of strikes that YabaTech as embarked over the years as turn a good number of students to liars and incredible people amongst friends and folks. How do you explain it to your friends or even foes that you got admission into a school in 2003 for a two years program that was suppose to end in 2005 but yours actually ended in march 2006, your Industrial attachment was meant to be for a year but you had to stay another year to conclude yours because the school Management felt that WAPOGA was more important than your academic career and finally you resumed on 2nd of January 2008 for your HND only to spend a whooping seven month in school for the 1st semester amidst strikes from the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) and Non Academic Staff Union (NASU) and on resumption of the second semester, you started with a warning strike and from ASUP and after two weeks of lectures, ASUP is back on a full scale indefinite strike and today is 12th of September and you are yet to know when the next semester begins or when the strike will end. The beauty of the whole situation is that, you don’t get to know why everybody is on strike…loll :) I can remember chating with a one of the students from Ondo state who works with the security outfit of the college telling me that his dad called him a liar because he kept telling the old man back in Ondo state that school is on strike, He said the old man told him to come home if he has been expelled from school rather than sit down in lagos and do nothing. i don't blame the old man, i am finding it hard to believe him myself, although we are in the same shoes.

I am not complaining about the situation because I know that all things work together for good for they that love God, and I pray for the better love of Christ everyday of my life; so I know I am secured. But what about the lives of the general student populace, who will be ready to employ an undergraduate whose school is in strike, what will the young minds that are admitted into higher institutions of today be doing at home or thinking about their lives, I know say no be all of us go go school but what about the selected few whose future is constantly being toyed with in the balance by the uncaring situation surrounding them?

As for me, I done talk am before, I Dey Go Village Go Farm and if you are tired of this situation, stop complaining, come join me and let’s plant together, don’t let any Owoso of this world or Yar Adua’s health determine what happens to you, make the U-turn, don’t join the queue, form a new line… Thank God I dey always follow my father to the farm those days when we had him farming on a larger scale…

3 comments:

Tosin said...

The situation of our educational system is so pathetic. I actually spent 5 years for a 4 year programme and my friends that graduated from O.A.U, LASU e.t.c would consider me lucky. Its even more frustrating that after going through that unnecessarily extended stay in school, you have a more difficult hurdle ahead in terms of getting a job. Except of course, you know someone, that knows some1... or u are just so fortunate.

Anyway I support the farming thing, just remember me when you start harvesting.

Abiodun Ogunibe said...

It's time we stop disturbing ourselves about the educational system of our nation, it will not get better soon, infact it's going to get worse. The educational system in the whole world was designed to meet the need of the INDUSTRIAL AGE, that is why your parents will not allow you to do what you like with the with the excuse that you will never get a job doing that, I believe the time has come for students to begin to educate themselves, because as knowledge as become a persiheable item - the ability of learners to think independent of their lecturers, exercise appropriate discretion on what they are being taught and collaborate with one another to make sense of their changing environment is the only reasonable solution to our educational crisis.

...:::BabaOlowo:::.. said...

@Tosin
Our educational system to me is not the problem but the administration of this system is the main end that is holding the system down. Do we now wait until it gets bette? no we don't i think its time we make our own choices and make things work for us. as biodun as mentioned, this present educational system was created for the industrial age and that is gone and we are in an information era that requires specialization and creativity. That is why you wil see a graduate of Yoruba Language working in a Bank and and electrical engineer doing the salesman.

As for me, educational is not formal education. education is something that is beyond the confines of a classroom or walls of an institution, it is a process that happens every minute of my life and i'm afraid if their is anyone that as not woken up to this reality, such individual will have no place in the evolving society in the next decade or two...